I’ve been following the discussion of Pseudoteaching at Frank Noschese’s blog Action Reaction, which made me evaluate my own teaching in order to consider when does my teaching really look great and all my kids are engaged but results do not reflect that student learning has actually happened. A couple of years ago, I decided… Continue reading Oreos and Pseudoteaching
Seeing the launch of Atlantis during the STS-132 mission last May has perhaps made me even more fanatically passionate about sharing my love of space with my students. So when Discovery was set to launch last November for the STS-133 mission, I shared with my students all about it. Of course, there were several delays… Continue reading Sharing Space
I am taking part in the next Teacher Challenge supported by Edublogs, and this one focuses on 30 days to get your students blogging. Our class blog has had many incarnations. I revamp the class site and start over every year. I like my current year’s students to feel like the blog has been created… Continue reading Memoirs of my class blog
We are continuing our study of meteorology, and my student teacher did an activity with our students that I picked up at an NSTA area conference a couple of years ago. I think it’s a great way to help students visualize how much water a cloud really can hold. Of course, clouds aren’t really made… Continue reading Cotton Ball Clouds
I do not know why I have never done this activity before to help my students see the ingredients necessary for cloud formation. I was reminded about it at a staff development on Monday. We were able to incorporate it today. Pretty cool!
Yesterday, I took five of my sixth grade students and four projects to the Gwinnett Regional Science and Engineering Fair. I am our school’s local science fair director. (Doesn’t that sound fancy?) This is the second year I have required all of my students to complete science fair projects as part of our class, and… Continue reading Thank you, Mrs. Mitchell: Reflecting on science fairs
On Tuesday, we attempted to do the air pressure can crush demo in my first period class. It didn’t work. Sometimes in the lab, things just don’t work as planned. I think what happened is there was not enough water vapor in the can before I turned it over in the water. My student teacher… Continue reading Air Pressure Demonstration